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Child wanders from school, parents demanding answers

 An East Texas family is furious with a local school after their child went missing from school for nearly an hour. The second grader wandered from Chandler Elementary, at 2:40 p.m. almost a full mile to the nearby Brookshires grocery store off State Highway 31 in Chandler.

Shelly Harris, mother of the missing boy, says she never received a call that her child that her child was missing, until 4 p.m. when campus police found him. 

"How does your kid just walk of campus," Harris said. "No one reports it to you no one lets you know."

Brownsboro ISD reports that at 2:49 Steven Harris went to the bathroom, and when he wasn't back by 3 p.m. school officials paged him over the intercom. When Steven Harris still do not return to class, the school contacted campus police, who then found him at the Brookshires parking lot at 3:50 p.m. The step-father Brady Baker was then called to pick up Harris at 4 p.m.

In a statement, Brownsboro Superintendent Dr. Chris Moran said, "They demonstrated a timely response and appropriate communication with the proper authorities and the students parents to safely locate the child as soon as possible." 

Harris says she understands that what Steven did was wrong, but she feels the way the school handled it was wrong and she wants to know what's being done about it.

"He's being punished, now I want to know what the school  is going to do about it."


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